Leo Baeck College
is a rabbinical college and centre for Jewish education located in north London
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. As well as being the smallest academic college in England, it is also the largest Jewish Progressive University and Rabbinic College in Europe.
Named in honour of Leo Baeck
, the inspirational twentieth century German Liberal
Progressive Judaism in Germany is a community reborn from the ashes of the Shoah. It currently has over 20 communities across Germany, belonging to the Union of Progressive Jews in Germany and endorsing the beliefs and practices of Progressive Judaism....
rabbi, the college was founded in 1956 as a rabbinical school for training Liberal
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rabbis. Rabbinical ordinations from Leo Baeck are recognised worldwide by Reform, Masorti and Liberal congregations.
To date, Leo Baeck has trained over 150 rabbis, including also a majority of the small number of Masorti
The Masorti Movement is the name given to Conservative Judaism in Israel and other countries outside Canada and U.S. Masorti means "traditional" in Hebrew...
rabbis in the U.K.
In addition to the training of rabbis, Leo Baeck trains teachers, provides an educational consultancy, helps the development of community leaders, provides access to Jewish learning for all through interfaith work. Leo Baeck College is a degree awarding institution, specialising in Hebrew and other Jewish related subjects. The Scriptures in Dialogue
project of the College is dedicated to the academic study and teaching of comparative Jewish, Christian and Islamic approaches to the interpretation of sacred scripture, from the earliest times through the medieval and classical period onwards.
Leo Baeck College is based at the Sternberg Centre
The Sternberg Centre for Judaism, in East End Road, Finchley, London, is a campus hosting a number of Jewish institutions, built around the 18th-century Finchley manor house....
, East End Road, in North London.